User Reviews (7)

  • Spikeopath9 September 2010
    6/10
    Sure he trusts us. About as far as I can throw a buffalo.
    Out of Columbia Pictures, Indian Uprising is directed by Ray Nazarro, written by Richard Schayer & Kenneth Gamet and stars George Montgomery, Audrey Long, Robert Shayne, Carl Benton Reid, Miguel Inclan & Eugene Iglesias. It's shot on location at Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth in California and Sedona in Arizona (Ellis W. Carter on photography).

    Arizona 1885 and Captain Chase McCloud (Montgomery) is desperately trying to keep the peace with the Geronimo (Inclan) led Apache. But the residents of Tuscon don't want peace, there's gold out on the Apache reservation, which is now deemed as sole Apache territory. So when a new commander comes to the base and McCloud is relieved of charge, the treaty is easily broken by the corrupt townsfolk who use underhand methods. Can McCloud avert all out war and restore peace with the now mistrusting Geronimo?.

    Considering its low budget restrictions and a largely unknown cast, Indian Uprising is far better than it has right to be. Sure the story is nothing out the ordinary, and definitely the "lone white man trying to keep peace" theme has been done considerably better than this. But the pace is brisk, the scenery pleasant and there's enough action spread out during the 75 minutes to keep the Western fan happy. Thesp wise it's stock performances for stock characters, tho Montgomery does fit the part well physically. While a waterside fisticuff sequence is a particular highlight. Shot in something boldly called Super Cine Color, the print of the film sadly isn't up to much. Cloudy colour flits in and out and spotting too is a reoccurring issue. It's unlikely that anyone loves this film enough to re-master it.

    Still the print issues aren't major enough to stop one from enjoying the film. Quickly forgotten once over, Indian Rising is, however, an enjoyable enough Oater to spend a part of the afternoon with. 6/10
  • lorenellroy11 December 2009
    6/10
    Unoriginal but lively low budget Western
    There is nothing even remotely original about Indian Uprising which regurgitates themes and character types from countless Westerns that went before it ,but it remains a watchable movie aided by its brief running time (75 minutes ) and brisk direction ,which ensures the picture never outstays its welcome George Montgomery plays UC Cavalry officer ,Captain McLoud who is trying to keep the peace between Geronimo's Apaches on the San Carlos Reservation and the white prospectors who are violating the peace treaty by searching for gold on the Reservation .His endeavours are so successful that he becomes a threat to the businessman backing the miners that they have him suspended and replaced by the inexperienced martinet Major Stark whose bungling ,bull headed leadership soon starts a fully fledged war between the Apaches and the whites especially when the Apaches are falsely accused of murdering a miner.Mcloud must try to rebuild the peace in the face of enemies both civilian and military all the time while he is wooing the daughter of the local Indian agent and mentoring a callow young officer Lieutenant Whitley (played respectively by Audrey Long and John Baer)

    The movie is derivative and John Ford's cavalry pictures are a direct inspiration .The troopers are "types" lifted straight from Ford and one scene in which the blundering Stark leads his men into an ambush is evocative of a similar scene in Ford's masterly Fort Apache but done with less style and a lower budget .

    The acting is proficient and the movie will entertain Western devotees well enough despite some muddy colour and an original ploy .Professional and solid but no more
  • bkoganbing11 April 2015
    6/10
    Cut rate, but good Fort Apache
    In a film that's a cut rate version of the story told in the John Ford classic Fort Apache, George Montgomery stars as the Indian wise and fair army captain on the Arizona frontier. Montgomery is in charge of a post that is dedicated to keeping the whites out of sacred Apache homeland.

    Easier said than done as there's gold in those Apache hills and some unscrupulous whites want it. Adding to that there's a glory hunting army major who's looking to advance his career by stopping Geronimo played by Robert Shayne.

    The only cast link to Fort Apache is that of Miguel Inclan who was a stoic and impassive Cochise in the Ford film and in Indian Uprising Inclan plays a more animated Geronimo.

    Though not quite as good as Fort Apache, Devil's Doorway or Broken Arrow Indian Uprising is a solid western film with good action sequences. And in that the Indians are three dimensional characters it's a valuable teaching tool as well.
  • KDWms24 April 2003
    7/10
    whiteys are the REAL trespassers
    Like it SHOULD be: One of those movies that makes you root for the Indians: Some white guys want to mine land which is part of a reservation, so they come up with an idea to result in the annihilation of the Apaches. The plan involves the caucasians killing a prospector but framing the tribe. The scheme also provides for the replacement of the Indian-friendly commander of the area's cavalry unit. How could the incoming major NOT think that he was dealing with unworthy savages? No glaring unreality here. Nice, color scenery. Professional in all other aspects, too. Pretty good, in my book.
  • Marlburian2 July 2007
    6/10
    interesting low-budget western
    A modest Western, not without interest, though I found the ending a bit too neat. Relatively early for Hollywood (1952), it recognises the Indians' case - it was their land in the first place and it was whites (miners in this case) who broke the treaty. If anything, it shows Geronimo to be almost too co-operative and understanding. And the Apaches are acted by authentic-looking non-whites, rather than having whites in make-up.

    George Montgomery looks quite good in the role of the grandly-named Chase McCloud, but mid-film some of his wide-eyed reaction expressions are a bit comical.

    There's a subdued love interest with Audrey Long, apparently in her last film in a low-key film career. None of the other actors were familiar to me, apart from Carl Benton Reid whose limited screen time didn't justify his high billing.
  • classicsoncall30 August 2016
    7/10
    "What are we fighting, Apaches or ghosts?"
    Warning: Spoilers
    What? That's how it ends!?!? Captain McCloud gets the girl? How did that happen, when the whole time Lieutenant Whitley called on her whenever he had the chance. Sure, McCloud might have shown a romantic interest, but if one recalls his self-invitation to dinner in the early part of the picture, Miss Clemson (Audrey Long) asked him to bring along the young lieutenant who 'seems a friendly sort and rather lonely'. I guess the Captain was good at ignoring the signals.

    You've got an average Cavalry Western here with the compulsory villains making trouble between the good guys and the Indians. However the good guys have a troublesome soldier in the ranks as well, as Major Nathan Stark (Robert Shayne) relieves the almost promoted McCloud, intent on keeping the Apaches led by Geronimo under control, if not outright removing them from the territory.

    As soon as old Sagebrush (Eddy Waller) got that arrow in the back from renegade Cliff Taggert (Douglas Kennedy) you had to figure what was coming next. If you've seen enough of these Western yarns, you knew that the arrow used was going to end up being from the arsenal of a different Indian tribe. No one ever lets the bad guys in on that trick so they keep right on using it to their disadvantage.

    A nice plus for this film was the use of a non-White actor in the role of Geronimo. Miguel Inclan appears to have quite a few movie credits to his name, and he did have kind of a warlike, regal bearing for an Apache that he used to good effect. That whole business with the Apaches speaking in Spanish though was a bit of a puzzler. Maybe that's what Geronimo meant when he said "There is bad medicine in the wind".
  • jarrodmcdonald-112 August 2016
    Maybe my review should be in Espanol..?
    Warning: Spoilers
    I had to keep telling myself this is a modestly budgeted 50s affair. It was not supposed to be a John Ford western. As such, I have to evaluate it according to what it has, instead of what it could have had. So let's see, what it does have are sincere performances from George Montgomery and a group of players whose names are not too recognizable now. It also has nice Technicolor and a quickly pasted together plot, using scenes that we've seen in countless other films about native uprisings. Even the title seems fairly bland and uninspiring. But at least you know what you are in for when you start watching a Columbia picture of this type. And as a piece of entertainment, it is at least able to hold our attention. This is a remarkable feat given the fact there are lengthy scenes of Apaches speaking Spanish (without subtitles) which we must endure right alongside George Montgomery. But he got paid to put up with this.